Complete summary of John Edgar Wideman’s Brothers and Keepers. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Brothers and Keepers. Writing. Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share. Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman focuses on John, the narrator, who is an educated black man, and his brother, Robby, who serves a life sentence.

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Very different than anything I have ever read. And lord, lots of bad karma floating around that comes back to haunt all of these people eventually when you find brotyers what happen to them after the memoir ends. It didn’t seem like there was enough depth to his critique of the prison system to merit the extent of the florid metaphors that it was wrapped in. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Greater than scene, I came to see is situation.

Brothers and Keepers

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. The events themselves occurred twenty years before that. The good brother is a professor and loves taking purple flights of over intellectualizing everything.

This is the story of John and his brother Robert, aka Robby. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Annd family of the victim in broyhers case of Robby Wideman successfully sued the hospital where he wnd treated for malpractice. Mariner Books; Reprint edition January 26, Language: Especially if you are related to someone who is or has been edgae.

His personal success in the system has produced, “A self no more or less in control than the countless other selves who each, for a time, seem to be running things. The author who is ten years older and was not close to his younger brother writes the book with his brother to determine how their paths differed and where the decisions were made to go different ways.


John is an author, scholar, professor. The bad brothers story is interesting as is the way he tells it, but the good brother does his best to bury it without contributing much of interest himself. Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman focuses on John, the narrator, who is an educated black man, and brofhers brother, Robby, who serves a life sentence in prison for armed robbery and murder. The author does do a moderately decent job of narrating the events that lead up to the arrest of Robert Wideman for murder.

John claimed to have jotted down his brother’s words. Especially if you have any interest at all in race relations or poverty or the criminal justice system.

Brothers and Keepers – Wikipedia

A treacherous convergence of selfishness and caring for keeper and ego and wanting to be bigger, better than you are and valuing the truth and profiting from untruth and wishing for the best and dreading the worst; a welter of conflicting emotions, a nexus of irresolution and despair, of self-pity and self-disgust, desire and guilt.

He has become a better man than he ever could have on the streets that consumed him. One such technique would be John writing as Robby, from the first-person.

As John got involved with them he himself became a suspect for the police.

Customers who borthers this item also bought. Through John’s visits with Robby, the two discuss and examine their lives up to this point to understand how one brother ends up successful and the other ends up in prison. Jun 14, Rebecca Thatcher-Murcia rated it it was amazing. Robby discusses how he always wanted to party and get success the easy way.

It widemaan the story of brothers — one well educated, successful and a man who “got out” and the other, the youngest, had a complex about living up to the success of his older brother and other s Reading this for our Let’s Talk About It group.


Very quickly that feeling changed.

John Edgar Wideman is black and became an English professor. This retelling is mingled with Wideman’s own reflections on life in the ghetto in the ‘s and the struggles of dealing with the stigma of not being White. John left Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the family lives, and lives in Laramie, Wyoming.

The author decided to write Robby’s story, including visits to the prison and how it all affected John himself. I liked it alot. I read this book for an assignment for my English class. Every ounce of suffering and confusion and dissociation is used to produce something beautiful.

And then adds a whole lot more. Next day dope got you and it’s the King. May 16, Ty Morris rated it did not like it. This section contains words approx. View a FREE sample. While his brother broods continuously about what brought him to such a hopeless place, Wideman can only do the same and wonder at the consummate randomness of life in which there is no protection only the threat of widwman system.

Jul 14, Jishnu rated it liked it. I appreciated Robby’s part of the story because I could broyhers with him and his perspective created conflicting emotions between what John felt about him and what I, the r I read this book for an assignment for my English class.

He and two others attempt to rob a criminal, but one of Robby’s crew shoots the criminal. In his speech, Robby says he learns that anything meaningful, he must work hard for. The next two sections: